Head teacher appointed to lead skills-focused school

Catherine O'Keane will head North Lanarkshire Skills Academy

Head teacher appointed to new school

A head teacher has been appointed to a secondary school focused on developing employability skills.

Catherine O'Keane, who was previously Deputy Head at Cardinal Newman, will lead the academy, which is based in Coatbridge.

It will open in August and provide support for up to 48 pupils from secondary schools across North Lanarkshire.

The pupils in S3 to S4, will benefit from having their own mentor and will be provided with a mixed curriculum including vocational courses such as automotive, hospitality, hair and beauty and horticulture, as well as core subjects like English and Maths.

Those who attend and complete the programme will be guaranteed a positive post-school pathway. For example, a college place, a job, training, activity agreement or alternatively they may choose to return to school for S5/6.

Catherine said, "This is an exciting opportunity to close the attainment gap and develop our young workforce."

Councillor Frank McNally, Convener of Education, said: "It is an excellent example of how strong and effective partnerships can work and will provide a broad, rich educational experience. It is our aspiration to see this expand into other areas, supporting more young people."

It is part of North Lanarkshire Council's commitment to developing the young workforce, education, Youth and Communities within the area.

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